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Lecture – Ed Halter

The Aesthetics of Found Footage

What does it mean to reuse an image, to recycle a bit of an old film? The use of previously shot footage by filmmakers has a long history, stretching all the way back to the silent era. Though originally a utilitarian practice, found footage has been employed for creative and artistic purposes since its earliest days. This lecture traces how the styles and meanings of found footage have changed over time, from its beginnings in documentary, to its role in Dada and Surrealist film, through its shifts in meaning in the eras of Pop, camp, minimalism and conceptual art, and up to the present day, when the rise of digital technologies has profoundly changed our relationship to the materiality of images and their circulation.
Ed Halter

This conference of Ed Halter on found footage will be followed by a panel discussion with guest filmmakers whose practices embrace the found footage: Luther Price, Cécile Fontaine, Stephen Broomer and Mónica Savirón.

Ed Halter is a critic and curator living in New York City. He is a founder and director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, and his writing has appeared in Artforum, The Believer, Bookforum, Cinema Scope, frieze, Rhizome, the Village Voice among others. From 1995 to 2005, he programmed and oversaw the New York Underground Film Festival, and he has curated screenings and exhibitions at BAM, the Flaherty Film Seminar, the ICA (London), the Museum of Modern Art, and the Tate Modern, as well as the cinema for Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1 and the film and video program for the 2012 Whitney Biennial. He teaches in the Film and Electronic Arts department at Bard College.

Acknowledgments: Ed Halter, Luther Price, Cécile Fontaine, Stephen Broomer, Mónica Savirón

Duration: 120 min. Auditorio Afundación – 3/06. 12h.



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